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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I select the right storage space for me?
Are there any items that I can't store?
How do I prepare appliances for storage?
How do I pack mirrors, windows, pictures, screens and other flat items?
How do I pack containers?
How do I pack electronics?
How do I protect my collectible or breakable items?
How do I know what is in a box after I've packed it?
How do I pack my storage space to best preserve and for easiest access to my items?
Should I protect my items from pests?
Is my stuff insured while in storage?
How do I pack my clothes?
Is there anything I need to do to prepare my unit before I move in my belongings?
Can I pack my stuff in plastic bags?
Additional Self Storage is a convenient, safe, and inexpensive way to store your belongings. Rental of storage space is determined by the total size of the items being stored. An efficiently packed small space will cost less than a larger space. If you frequently use the space, a larger, well organized space (racks and file boxes) may be more convenient.
Common sense and state laws determine what may be stored. You alone control access to your Additional Self storage space. If you have any questions about storing a specific item, check with your local laws or ask your Additional Self Storage Site Manager.
Items you should never store in a public storage facility include, but are not limited to, the following items:
- Live animals
- Flammable liquids and fuels
- Toxic materials
- Food items can attract rodents and pests
- Other items that need a controlled environment
A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar to prevent mold growth. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances and boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators, and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before they are stored. Stuff towels between the washing machine and the inner tub of the washing machine to keep the tub from rotating. Remove and discard vacuum cleaner bags before storing.
Wrap mirrors and pictures with paper pads, cardboard, or mirror boxes. Label the items and mark them as "FRAGILE." Stand them straight up... never flat. Mirrors, windows, screens, and other flat items should be stored on their sides, never flat.
Fill containers to capacity, partially full or bulging cartons may tip or collapse.
Heavy items like books or tools should be packed in small boxes so they are easy to lift.
Protect your fragile goods with packing (e.g. bubble wrap or wrapping paper) and place them near the top of your storage space.
Seal boxes completely with packing tape. This will help keep out dust.
When you disassemble electronics such as computers and stereos (items that have numerous cables), place small colored stickers on the cable and the same color sticker where the cable goes. If possible, use the original packing for electronic items.
Wrap your collectibles and pack them in a box. Fill in any spaces in the box with newsprint or packing foam. When wrapping collectibles or anything breakable, tape it after you wrap it. This will keep you from mistaking them for the excess paper you used to fill the box.
Label your boxes on several sides for easy locating. Prepare a list of the labeled boxes for easy reference when you need to locate your goods.
- Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation.
- Place a pallet on concrete floors
- Don't lean items against the walls.
- Leave a walkway to the rear of your space for easy access.
- Leave a center aisle for easy access to all items.
- Use all the space available, including height.
- Place frequently used goods near the door.
While Additional Self Storage units are among the cleanest and best maintained self storage facilities available, pests can pose a problem in storage units just as they do in many homes and businesses. To prevent damage from pests we recommend you use over-the-counter pest control like ant traps and mouse bait.
The storage facility provides space that you can use like an annex to your home or business, but your items might not be covered by your property insurance while in storage.
Tenants are responsible for insuring their belongings in storage.
Review your homeowners or renters policy to see if your items are already covered while in storage. If not, you might want to consider buying additional insurance.
Your site manager should be able to provide you with a brochure from a company that specializes in self-storage insurance.
If storing wool items, use cedar chips or mothballs to prevent moth damage. Keep your out-of-season clothes accessible, you may have your belongings in storage longer than anticipated. Clothing that ordinarily hangs in a closet should be packed in a wardrobe carton.
Your Additional Self Storage unit will be clean and ready for move in. But, you might still want to prepare it by placing plastic on the floor under your goods. You might also consider placing pallets on the floor. Your Additional Self Storage resident manager will be happy to help you resolve any problems with your unit or to help you get moved in.
Because humidity can gather in plastic bags and cause damage to your goods, we recommend you avoid storing your belongings in plastic bags -- especially if you're in a unit that is not climate controlled.